Hi again everyone, and happy Friday – can you believe it’s November already? The plus side… nearly time for some gorgeous winter weddings and definitely time for a reminder of those beautiful snowy wedding scenes some of you might have for your wedding day this winter. Do we have any December or January brides and grooms reading? Then today’s real wedding blog feature is for you!
I’m so proud to be sharing Sian and Dean’s beautiful wedding in Surrey with you today. It has a festive feeling to it, and I adore how today’s couple just never stop smiling. The scenes in the forest are out of this world… magical, almost.
Huge thanks to Sian for sharing her fantastic wedding report with us all today – I hope you love it. Congratulations, lovely lady 🙂 And my thanks also to fab Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower, who captured their day so beautifully. Do read Sian’s review for Karen, which is really heartfelt and touching. This lady comes very highly recommended!
Sian and Dean – a beautiful snowy wedding in Surrey, with Karen Flower Photography
The bride and groom: Sian & Dean
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An absolutely amazing fun filled day!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were both overjoyed with our photos. Karen Flower captured our day perfectly. We knew that this would be the one occasion that we would be able to have everyone that we love and care about in one room so it was key for us to get lots of fab photos and Karen delivered!
I cannot recommend Karen highly enough! From the first day I met her I thought she was just fantastic. Not only is Karen a very talented photographer, she is a lovely person. She was great fun throughout the wedding and so many of guests commented on how warm and friendly she was. www.karenflowerphotography.com
Your wedding style and theme:
We wanted to create an elegant wedding with a winter theme.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots, we were relieved that so many people were able to make it because of the weather. We had a number of phone calls the day before the wedding from family and friends unsure if they could make it but come Friday night and early Saturday morning, our guests braved the roads to make it to our special day! The whole day was emotional but what made us both cry was the surprise slide show prepared by our bridesmaid Laura.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We spent a year. Dean proposed on Christmas Eve and we found our venue very quickly so decided to get married the following year.
Best bit of budget advice?
To sit down and work out what we wanted to spend on each bit our wedding so we didn’t get too carried away. It worked although we kept certain things flexible.
Invitations and stationery:
I found an online stationery company Princess Wedding Stationery, who completed all of the stationery for the wedding.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Oh my goodness did I! As soon as I put my dress on I fell in love with it and didn’t want to take it off! I couldn’t wait to go to my fittings to try it on again.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a beautiful lace edged veil from Swoon where I bought my wedding dress, a glitzy slide from glitzy secrets and a beautiful pair of shoes from Dune.
The groom wore:
A grey suit that we decided to buy as I had spent quite a bit on my dress it only seemed fair that he had a suit that he could keep and wear again. We hired the groomsmen’s suits.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I asked my hairdresser that I have been using for years to do my hair and my bridesmaids’ hair and one of my best friends did our make up because she is a dab hand with a makeup brush. She kept us looking lovely throughout the day.
A colleague in work recommended her sister who is a florist, Suzanne at Vintage Rose flowers. Suzanne was fantastic, we sat down and I showed her pictures of bouquets that I liked. I wanted to keep the flowers simple but pretty using flowers that were in season. I didn’t see the flowers until our wedding day, Suzanne exceeded my expectations and produced beautiful bouquets that looked even better than I imagined.
Dean I and I opted for a traditional ceremony at our local church. We picked hymns that were meaningful to us and well known so everyone would be able to join in. We asked the choir to sing whilst signing our register. The church is beautiful and looked incredible in the snow.
We chose a reading that meant something to us, 1Corinthians, Chapter 13 read by my Uncle.
General styling – did your wedding venue need much decoration?
We liked the feel of our venue as part of the building was an old barn and wanted to light our reception room with candle light to create a cosy atmosphere. We decided to use lots of candles and tea lights in the venue with little hearts dotted around the place. For our main table decoration we chose candelabras sat on a silver beaded mats surrounded by tea lights.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We went for a traditional 3 tier – each layer was a different cake so that everyone could enjoy a piece.
We were restricted by our venue with our style of entertainment. We had to use their in house DJ so gave them a play list of all the songs we wanted played.
On the day tips and advice:
Savour every minute and try to get a little time to yourselves. As so many people told me it would the day flew by and was over before we knew it.
What’s the best thing about being married?
So many things that it is hard to sum up in a few words but knowing that we have each other through good times and tough times and always having each other to laugh with!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Photographer Karen Flower www.karenflowerphotography.com
- My Gown: www.swoonweddinggowns.co.uk
- Groom’s suit Moss Brothers
- Groomsmen’s Suits www.impeccablewear.co.uk
- Little bridesmaids gown: Monsoon
- Adult Bridesmaids Gown: Debenhams
- Candelabras www.confetti.co.uk